Become a Center Member!

Only with the support of members and donors can the important mission of the Center be accomplished. Membership at the San Diego Archaeological Center helps you to save our history and heritage and entitles you to Special Membership advantages, such as free admission to the Museum, borrowing privileges for the Library, invitations to member events, and discounts on lectures and workshops.

Purchase or Renew Membership

Other Ways to Join

Membership can also be purchased over the phone at 760-291-0370 or by sending a check to the following address:

San Diego Archaeological Center
Attn: Membership
16666 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027

Membership Levels

Student/Senior $25
Individual $35
Family/Dual $50

Supporter $75
Sponsor $100
Advocate $150

Steward $250
Benefactor $500
Patron $1,000

Starting at the Sponsor level, Center Members are eligible for the ROAM (Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums) program, which allows you to take your member benefits with you when you travel to other participating museums across the country including Member general admission for two and Member discounts in stores and restaurants. View list of participating museums

To replace lost membership cards, please contact the Development Department.

Archaeology Lab Positions

Volunteers will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. Center staff will instruct the volunteer on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloging, storage requirements, and preventative conservation.


Exhibitions Volunteers assist with the design, construction, and installation of Center Museum exhibits.

Volunteers work in the Center’s Research Library, cataloguing materials and organizing on a computer-based system.

Marketing and Administrative Volunteers assist the Development Office or Administration Office with data entry, updating marketing materials and clerical tasks. Computer experience is a plus.

Docents welcome visitors and answer general questions regarding the Center and exhibits. Docents staff the gift shop and help out with administrative and curatorial tasks.

Volunteers support event activities at the Center, such as the Annual BBQ, lectures, workshops, and fundraising events. Be a part of the party!

Volunteer provide support for K-12 programs offered at the Center. These are fun, hands-on programs that kids really enjoy. Teaching experience is a plus, but not required. Background checks are required.

Collections Management

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. During the course of the internship, the intern will learn to identify artifacts and ecofacts common to the San Diego region, including lithics, ceramics, historical objects, and faunal, botanical, and mineral specimens. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and preventative conservation. In addition, the intern will become familiar with historical trends in archaeological practice in the San Diego area and will be introduced to current legal and ethical issues in archaeological curation as well as the concerns and rights of culturally affiliated groups with regard to archaeological materials.